Techniques & Equipment

Whether you are a seasoned sportsman or a novice the waters of Lake Nipissing offers a variety of species
This area is dedicated to providing you with basic as well as advanced techniques that are relevant to fishing in Lake Nipissing’s North West Bay & Area.

Researched & tested fishing tackle, then we combine it all together to get you properly prepared in order to make your fishing experience here the best it can be.

Fishing Lines
Fishing lines are a very important piece of tackle that many experienced fishermen take advantage of but most novice don’t give much thought to. View this page for an idea of what lines & weights to use when targeting specific fish and locations. The info on fishing lines is brought to you by Berkley.

Recommendation of lines to use in our area for your target fish.

Lake Nipissing Fishing Regulations

Lake Nipissing is deemed a “Special Waters” lake due to it’s popularity for being a world class fishing destinations. With that said there are some special rules that apply to Nipissing. Below are the exceptions list.

Here are the Fishing Regulations for Lake Nipissing 2016. Please know the limit & fish within it. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us

Largemouth / Smallmouth Bass
These Big Mouth beauties & Bronze Back fighters are plentiful and relatively easy to find here. Our area bays are full of lily pads, cabbage and pencil reeds. For those reasons I suggest either a higher test Mono line as it floats. This becomes important when using top water presentations like frogs, mice & pencil baits. It will keep you line on top of the water and not sink your lures. Since Mono has great knot strength and Largemouths have smaller less sharp teeth I also do not use a leader that will affect my presentation. When using a Texas or Carolina rigs, underwater swim baits or flipping jigs I prefer superlines (Braided) for their overall stregnth and willingness to cut through all the weeds & cabbage the bass will run & hide in. with out a doubt my fish of choice. Largemouths are common in the 1 to 3 lb range with 5 lbs plus seen throuout the summer. Smallmouths common in the 2 to 5 lb range with 7 lb plus just waiting for you come get them. Recommended line weight for Mono 10 to 12 lb test and for Superline (braided) 15 to 20 lb test
Pretty simple here. Superlines (braided) all the way. These monsters require the use of large and heavy baits and as the common size ranges from 35 to 45 inches and can easily reach into the 50 inch range a super tough line, rod & reel are needed. The use of a leader is also recommended as their large & sharp teeth can cut lines at any moment. Recommended line weight for Superline (braided) is 30 lb test or over.
Walleye / Perch
Any of the line choices will work well for Walleye & Perch. Since our water varies from brandy coloured to dirty (at times & in some areas), invisibility is not the most important. We also have mostly shallow waters from just a few feet deep to about 30 feet so line sensitivity and shock strength is also not as important. Lastly, most walleyes will be in rocky areas or along weed lines and all lines provide reasonable knot strength. Walleyes average in the 2 to 4 lb range with trophy’s reaching 10lb plus. Perch average in the 8 to 10 inch range with may 12 inch plus available all year round. Recommended line weight would be 6 to 8 lb test for Walleye & 4 to 6 lb test for Perch.
For the sizes of Pike that can be caught in our area I would recommend Superlines (Braided). Most Pike are hiding in and around weed lines and instinctively rush into cover when hooked. You will have better control and have the ability to fight the fish harder without fear of cutting your line on pencil weeds, cabbage or logs. I would also suggest using a thin black metal leader 6 inch long with a 30 lb test or more (we sell these here). Pike are common in 25 to 35 inch range and 40 inch plus Gaters are seen throughout the summer. Recommended line weight would be 20 to 30 lb test
As its name implies, monofilament fishing line—or “mono” for short—is a single strand of material, as opposed to multi-filament lines, which are strung from multiple strands that are fused, braided or bundled together.
If the name sounds familiar it’s because fluorocarbon covers a broad family of compounds including organics comprised of fluorine chlorine along with synthetics made from hydrocarbons.
Berkley-branded lines are made from the highest grade Dyneema™ in the industry,a gel-spun polyethylene that is 15 times stronger than steel by weight. As a result, Berkley superlines offer
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